Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro is currently the talk of the town after its announcement during an event in London a couple of days ago, and it’s getting plenty of attention thanks to the new Kirin 980 chip that sits inside.

Huawei is making big claims about that chip, claiming it will give Apple’s A12 Bionic a run for its money – the chip that is used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. With that in mind, Phone Arena wanted to put the phone through its paces to see just how capable that new chip is.

We’re not going to go through the whole suite of tests that Phone Arena went through and for that, we suggest checking the full post over there for the lowdown. However, the specifications that were gleaned during the testing confirmed that the new Kirin 980 is indeed a 7nm chip, making the Mate 20 Pro the first Android phone to make the jump from a 10nm architecture. Huawei has been working on this for years, and with two big A76 cores clocked at up to 2.6GHz, two middle A76 cores running at up to 1.92GHz, and a further four A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, the opportunity is certainly there for this to be one fast flagship smartphone.

The tests carried out by Phone Arena included GeekBench 4, AnTuTu, and GFXBench in order to try and get a rounder feeling for how overall performance stacks up, and while the Mate 20 Pro does indeed beat out all other Android phones in some tests, losing out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at times, it never quite manages to drag itself into the same bracket as the new iPhones.

It’s not far off, but it can’t quite hit the same heady heights. Still, it’s clear the Kirin 980 is a hell of a chip.

(Source: Phone Arena)

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